Cincinnati (56-61) at St. Louis (76-40)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Mon Aug 16, 2004
  • TV: ESPN2, FSMW
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Jeff Suppan has been unbeatable on the road. The St. Louis Cardinals now want to see their veteran right-hander get something done at Busch Stadium.

Suppan will go for a rare home win when St. Louis opens a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Suppan has been outstanding away from Busch, going 7-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts. But things have not worked out nearly as well for him at home as he is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 12 outings.

The 29-year-old right-hander had struggled in his first four starts following the All-Star break before shutting down defending World Series champion Florida on Wednesday. Suppan allowed only two hits over eight-plus innings as the Cardinals defeated the Marlins 1-0.

Suppan, who walked two and struck out two, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

“I was able to keep the goose eggs going,” said Suppan, who improved to 10-6. “I tried to throw strikes and use the defense.”

The Cardinals have won nine of their last 11 to stretch their lead in the NL Central to 13 1/2 games over the Chicago Cubs.

Scott Rolen homered twice to become the first NL player to reach 100 RBIs this season as St. Louis beat Atlanta 10-4 on Sunday. It was Rolen’s fifth multihomer game of the season and the 18th of his career.

Albert Pujols hit his 36th home run to tie Cincinnati outfielder Adam Dunn for the major league lead.

The Reds have dropped six of their last nine, including a 7-2 loss to San Diego on Sunday.

Dunn went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and left six on base.

First baseman Sean Casey was the offensive star for the Reds, going 3-for-5 with a double and a homer. He’s hitting .408 in August to raise his overall average to .341.

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A. Harang Atl vs. J. Suppan SD
10-9 Record 16-9
4.86 ERA 4.16
125 K 110
53 BB 65
1.43 WHIP 1.37